How do you keep your house clean?? W/multiple pets and/or longhaired dogs?

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  1. crazedACD

    crazedACD Active Member

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    I'm a major procrastinator, so for myself I just make sure I get what I need done right after I get home from work before I sit down to 'relax'. Once you get in a habit, stick to it. Maybe some sort of list for the daily/weekly stuff would help?
     
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    Michiyo-Fir New Member

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    I vacuum every other day at 11 pm lol...

    Also for hairy feet, I trim the bottom of the paws, and a little bit around the "ankles" area so it's nice and short and no hairy feet are sliding around my floor picking up lots of stuff.
     
  3. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    I also have this awesome broom thingy that rips ALL the dog hair out of the carpet. I dont know WHAT it is. It was given to me but man alive does it work! I do that first. vaccum second. I never just run the vaccum over it because Ive broken so many from my dogs hair. Nope. The dog hair has to be pulled up first, swept and picked up, then I go over it for the tidying touch.
     
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    PlottMom The Littlest Hound

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    I'm actually cleaning my house right now, because I'm leaving for four days lol
     
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    I ask my boyfriend, and it's magically done when I get home. ;]

    Naw, really we just sweep and mop a few times a week. Brushing Elsie more often helps a lot.
     
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    ihartgonzo and Fozzie B!

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    As a groomer, taking her in for a grooming (at a reputable groomer) will help SO MUCH! It's worth the $20-40. You'll get her paws, sanitary area and any excess fur trimmed, a really deep cleaning bath, a forced air blow dry & a thorough de-shedding treatment. When dogs come in for a de-shed, they leave with NO fur coming off of them and they look gorgeous.

    I bathe my dogs twice a month, and do the whole de-shedding treatment. I brush them a few times a week during the shedding seasons. It's most important to do one or two really thorough de-sheds a month, then keep it up with short daily brushings. Food is super essential in keeping the shedding minimal!!! Feed a raw diet or a premium kibble and supplement it with salmon oil.

    My dogs really don't shed much at all, and both of them are double-coated. Gonzo used to shed tons before I got him on a really good diet and a good grooming regimen. I vacuum once a week, swiffer the hardwood once a week, and wipe them off with a towel or waterless bath wipes before they come in if they've been to the park or got nasty.
     
  7. misfitz

    misfitz Ruddy Buttinski

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    The sad part is, I work from home. So I'm a)home all day making a mess and b)get to watch up close and in person as the hair and dust build up again on the floor or couch that I just cleaned yesterday. :) Lists are helpful. Also helpful is coming to terms with the fact that, yes, I really do need to sweep every. Single. Day.

    I ask mine and he laughs at me. :rolleyes: Oh well, at least he can cook.

    Gonzo, you are so right about the de-shed. My old groomer did that, and I didn't realize what it was or what it was called, but it really helped. I need to find a good groomer in my new neighborhood. I tried a local grooming/daycare chain but wasn't impressed - I don't think they even used the forced air dryers. :mad: I could have done that myself.

    Diet is important, too. Sienna is on raw, but the only thing my cat will eat is canned Friskies or dry kibble. She did shed noticeably less when I switched her to an all canned food diet, but she still sheds easily 2x as much as the dog.
     
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    mrose_s BusterLove

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    We gave up. :)

    Lol, its not that bad. It could be better but we manage, its a cluttered house as is (4 people, 4 dogs and a cat in a three bedroom house (4th bed is in the loungeroom)) so we sweep about every second day and mop every week or so. The three girls don't shed that badly but Buster makes up for them all.
     
  9. OwnedByBCs

    OwnedByBCs Will Creep For Sheep

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    I don't. LOL. I vacuum once the carpet stops being white because of hair, I swiffer the hardwoods when they need it, same with the stained concrete in the basement. It works. Lol.
     
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    Big house -- small dogs with small hairs.. :D
     
  11. Kaydee

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    1. Vacum cleaner from somewhere like Sears with a maintenence warranty. A $100 dollar or under model will do but you want the warranty. They will unclog and repair whatever needs doing for free, even if a part needs replacing you pay for the part but the rest is free. Well worth it, fur backs up and blows out the sturdiest vacum.

    2. They tell me the Furminator is amazing, haven't tried it yet, but must cut down on shed fur.

    3. Less carpeting, more floor. Fur cements itself into carpeting in corners, on steps. Bare polished floor you can defur corners every other day or so fairly easy.
     
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    I don't either. Lol. The only time our house is truly clean is if we are expecting company! Otherwise I pay my mom who does housecleaning to do the major stuff about every two weeks.
     
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    We've had our dyson with two borzois for 3 years now and had zero issues with it blowing out or breaking. You just have to make sure to clean the filters and crud traps regularly.

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  14. Kaydee

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    Next one I get will be Dyson, I've read those are really good.
     
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    Have dogs with no undercoat and short hair. VAcuum often and other than that don't worry about it. I do take them out and vigorously run my fingers through what they do have to make it "snow" if it is Victor. I can get rid of a great deal that way.
    The car much to the annoyance of non pet people that ask for rides, is what it is.
     
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    Hysterical post! Especially about letting the cat's hair outside. If you aren't a writer...you should be!
     
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    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    We sweep daily, and there is still constant hair! I vacuum the couches every ~2 weeks, wash the dog bedding/blankets once a week, and that generally helps to keep down the tumble weeds :p

    My parents were here on Saturday and Sunday. We swept the entire house on Saturday morning. Ian was sweeping the downstairs on Sunday morning, and my dad was in disbelief over the large amount of fur Ian had swept into a pile! They only own one toy poodle so they're not used to so much fur!
     
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    Good ideas! I have hardwood floors, will never go back to carpeting! In my old house (with me, a roommate, 4 (!) cats and a dog, I used to vacuum the fur off of the tile floor. :D

    I have a generic Furminator from Target, but I don't use it much. It makes a mess when brushing them! Like a snowstorm, LOL. I'm learning how to properly line-brush my dog, Sheltie style, so hopefully that helps!

    I've also instituted a routine of wiping her paws with a microfiber dust mitt when she comes inside. And trying to walk less on the dirt path at the park (d'oh) and more on the sidewalks in the neighborhood.

    Romy, ROFL at that picture! So true!!

    Swabby, thanks! Maybe I should turn this into a blog post... :D

    Yeah, I'm still in awe of the amount of fur my cat can produce. I secretly suspect her of being a new feline mutation, like cats are evolving to overcome S/N by reproducing with spores, like a mushroom LOL. (There's a low-budget horror movie in there somewhere.)
     
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    The Furminator is only good on some fur types....on the majority, it just rips out the hair and causes even more issues. I've tried in on short hair, wire-ish terrier hair, double coat smooth, and double coated thick....terrible. Absolutely terrible. It actually caused more shedding, because it ripped out the top coat and all that was left was the undercoat!

    I like using it on legs, and that is about it. Some people says it does okay for their dogs, but I haven't found a dog yet, personally, that the Furminator does well on. Completely waste of money.

    LOVE rubber curry brushes though! Kong makes some, but you can get any as a farm supply store for cheaper in the horse section. And the dogs love it...really nice massage time for them! Little bit of conditioner or just spritz them down with water and it really loosens up the fur.
     
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    Maliraptor Bite me.

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